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Acts announced to play Out to Graze Festival in Banbury
By Will Gilgrass
BBC Oxford contributor

Oxford electro duo Coloureds will play Out to Graze

Oxfordshire's dance music festival, Out to Graze, has announced the first acts who will perform at this year's event as well as details for a special launch party next month.

The county's very own Coloureds will appear alongside The Drop, Eskimo Twins and onlyjoe at the Fir Tree Country Park site near Banbury between July 8 and 10.

With an intimate feeling and growing reputation, Out to Graze is establishing itself on the festival circuit, not least because of the Out to Graze Olympics - an old school mix of village fete and sports day games - and the site's hot shower block with real toilets.

Promoters from three of Oxford's leading club nights - Bassmentality, Simple and Slide - organise the event which is doubling in size in its fourth year to 2,499.

Nick Gladwin of Simple Productions, said: "Having been to indie-rock orientated events like Truck for a number of years I was always looking for a dance music-based festival on my doorstep but could never find any.

"We wanted to offer something different and build on the success of the nights we all run throughout the year.

"It's a great mix of different crowds and music styles. We offer people an alternative festival experience to the one that's been available in this area for the past few years."

Early bird tickets are currently on sale for the three day event which showcases music ranging from house to hip hop, funk, dubstep and reggae.

Next month more of the line up will be revealed, including headliners, on www.outtograze.com.

And to get a flavour of what to expect, Out to Graze are putting on a special launch party at The Cellar in Oxford on March 12 with two other acts who are going to be playing at the festival - The Drop and Backbeat Soundsystem.

Edd Lewington of Bassmentality said: "March is a great time for us to launch Out to Graze - everyone's got through the worst bits of the winter and if they're anything like me they're looking forward to the summer ahead!

"I can't wait for The Drop and Backbeat Soundsystem who've been on tour over the past few weeks promoting a new EP. They're both part of the real resurgence in roots music over the past year and frankly I couldn't wait to see them at the festival - so what better way to kick off Out to Graze than a gig at our my favourite Oxford venue?"


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